' The Panama Canal and Central
L. DUDLEY STAMP , D.Sc.
This morning Dr. L. Dudley Stamp , who took you to the West Indies in the first broadcast of the term, is to take you from Atlantic to Pacific through the Panama Canal. which has been so aptly called ' the ditch between the oceans'. You will approach and pass the port of Colun, which lies in the Republic of Panama, and presently your ship will climb the marvellous water stairway known as the Gatun Locks, constructed one above the other in three double flights. The second stage will be the passage of Gatun Lake, which was made by the damming of the Chagres River. Finally your ship will come down the water stairway on the Pacific side. The distance from Colun to Panama is fifty miles ; the passage takes eight hours. Dr. Stamp is to tell you something of the history of this wonderful canal.
Dr. L. Dudley
Leader, Frank Thomas
Conductor, Idris Lewis
Robert Edwards (pianoforte)
Thomas Hewitt , who was born at Croydon, lived most of his early life at Hove where he sang in the choir at St. John's Church. At fifteen he became a pupil of the well-known musical scholar, Dr. A. W. Abdey, who gave Hewitt the best part of his musical education. Hewitt has been for many years past a school teacher in North London. But his academic work was never allowed to blunt his natural gifts for composing light music, of which his suite, 'Four Trifles', ', is a delightfully melodious example. Hewitt's published works include three light operas, several song cycles (among which ' Songs of the Pavement' enjoyed considerable popularity), and numerous separate songs, such as ' Out where the big ships go '.
Leader, Bertram Lewis
Conductor, Richard Austin
Solo pianoforte, Helen Perkin from the Pavilion, Bournemouth
Rimsky-Korsakov began his career as a composer with a most remarkable stock of technical ignorance. On his own admission, the composer of the opera Ivan the Terrible and such successful orchestral works as ' Antar ' and the symphonic picture ' Sadko ' was incapable of harmonising a simple hymn-tune ' correctly ', had never written a counterpoint exercise in his life, and was ignorant of the most elementary technical terms. Still more incredible is the fact that in 1871 this ignoramus was offered, and accepted, the Professorship of Practical Composition and Instrumentation at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. He concealed his ignorance by brilliant bluffing-and proceeded to teach himself that which his own students were supposed to have learned already.
This Symphony in C major, dating from 1873, was the first fruit of these studies in harmony and counterpoint, though the scherzo in 5/4 time, evidently modelled on that of Borodin's B minor Symphony, was written earlier (in 1867). The trio was composed during a steamer trip on one of the Italian lakes during Rimsky-Korsakov's honeymoon in 1872. The new symphony was at once hailed by Cui as ' the best of all Mr. Korsakov's productions-the fruit of ripe thought, happy inspiration and strong talent, combined with deep and solid technical knowledge '.
The BBC Orchestra
Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by the Composer
A Manx Overture, The Isle of Mountains and Glens
Sea Shanties (Suite, Frescoes)
Variations on an Original Theme Suite, Paris
1 Apache Life. 2 In the Tuileries Garden. 3 Montmartre
In which Radio Brings to Life Curious Events of the Past and Present
Presented by Charles Brewer
With Additional Material by H. E. Plainer. G. R. Kcnward-Eggar , and Dennis Peter
The BBC Variety Orchestra Conducted by John Weaver
' Shakespeare and the Amateur
W. Nugent Monck
Today's talk in this series concerns Shakespeare and the amateur stage and it is to be given by the owner-producer-manager of the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, who for twenty-six years, with a company of amateurs, has been producing all kinds of plays that commercial managements will not touch.
They have done practically all the Shakespeare comedies and tragedies and histories, again and again in an Elizabethan playhouse, with an apron stage, near the centre of the City of Norwich. The seating capacity is a mere 220, the players number over twenty badged members, the difficulty of spreading the audience over the whole week is met
)y the Monday serial-ticket system, which has made ' Maddermarket Mondays' a cherished Norwich institution.
' Nugent Monek is not a native.
If he owns to any nationality, it is probably Irish, but he looks a Florentine..... He says he came to Norwich because he found a sixteenth-century cottage in one of the old backways of the city for six shillings a week. The year was 1909.' So writes R. H. Mottram in the pamphlet of the Norwich Players.
Their earliest productions were given in Monde's drawing room; their first production in the Old Music Room, before the building that is the Maddermarket Theatre was acquired, was the Chester Cycle of mystery plays, unearthed from a London library by Nugent Monck himself and first produced by him in a small Chelsea studio before he went to Norwich. In those days he played Joseph, and the little boys of Chelsea rattled the letter-box while the plays were being performed to an audience, among whom were J. T. Grein , Hamilton Fyfe , William Archer , and other leading critics. In Egypt during the war, Nugent Monck produced Shakespeare with an all-male cast. He has given his life to the theatre, and for over a quarter of a century his players have been amateurs.
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